Freedom To Roam Adventures
Phil Liggett's African Safari Peloton
“Throughout our 50 years of marriage we have enjoyed the natural world with walking and cycling as our primary modes of transport! The decline we have witnessed over these years is truly heart-breaking. We feel an over-whelming need to do something.
Freedom to Roam Adventures (NPO) is an expression of this passion and our dedication to keeping Africa’s wildlife protected and roaming freely in their natural habitat.” Phil and Trish Liggett.
We have smashed our fundraising target!
Freedom to Roam Adventures, FulGaz and Kariega Game Reserve would like to thank every member of Phil's African Safari Peloton. Our initial target of $35,000 dollars was raised through your generous donations and provided much needed financial support for conservation efforts at Kariega Game Reserve - when they needed it most.
In addition, our gatherings of like-minded, eco-influencers gave the Kariega Foundation a platform to showcase their innovative and holistic approach to conservation earning them a Living Desert Conservation Hero Award at the 2021 International Desert Conservation Summit and an additional $20,000!
Final Christmas Ride
We will be gathering for the last virtual, safari, cycle through the beautiful Kariega Game Reserve on:
Sunday 19 December: 8am (PDT), 10am (EST), 3pm (GMT), 5pm (SAST), 2am (AEDT / Monday 20 December).
Kariega Game Reserve Bonus Ride. 14.5km. 192m elevation. Start with a loop before descending onto the large open African plains. On your journey, keep an eye out for plenty of wildlife including various antelope, giraffes and a single white rhino. Wear a Christmas hat! During the course of this final ride the luck draw will take place and two peloton members will win an all-inclusive Kariega safari!
Smart trainers are not essential. A comfy armchair or sofa, a cup of coffee or something stronger in the hand is all that is needed. Inspiration for the cause is assured with our expert guests, who work in the world of wildlife and conservation, joining each ride to share their depth of knowledge, interesting perspectives and to answer any of your questions.
Please join us in making this a Christmas ride to remember! All peloton members are already registered and entry is FREE for any friends and family that you would like to invite. Wear something bright and Christmassy in celebration of our collective successes and the rewarding journey we have ridden together.
Email email@example.com if you are not a current peloton member but would like join our virtual ride in December.
Join the Freedom to Roam Adventures legacy and share in Phil and Trish Liggett’s two great loves, cycling and conservation.
Guests of Honour
We have a few special guests joining our final ride.
Nick Dlamini, the first black South African ever to ride the Tour de France, and members of the Kariega APU team who have progressed through the Kariega internship programme to become senior members of the APU team. Each have inspiring stories to share of how they defied the odds to achieve success int heir chosen fields.
The legendary Phil Liggett and his beautiful wife, Trish, will once again be your hosts.
Funds Raised Support Holistic Conservation
The beneficiary of Phil’s African Safari Peloton is the Kariega Foundation, a non-profit trust working in partnership with Kariega Game Reserve to deliver on a broad and holistic conservation mandate. All funds raised support projects with the core motive to protect, preserve and educate so that we may reform that which threatens our natural world and build a greater conservation community that works collectively to rejuvenate our planet, people and wildlife.
Great Safari Give Backs
All peloton members who have donated $120 or more have been entered into the lucky draw and stand a chance of winning one of two Kariega safari's!
Lucky prize 1: A complimentary all-inclusive four night safari for two people sharing in one luxury suite at Kariega Game Reserve's Settlers Drift.
Lucky prize 2: A complimentary all-inclusive two night safari for two people sharing in one luxury suite at Kariega Game Reserve's Ukhozi Lodge.
The lucky draw will take place during the final Christmas ride and you can still secure your spot by donating $120 before the ride on 19 December 2021.
Every donation is appreciated.
All Virtual Safari Rides Available
All our virtual safari rides are accessible to those who subscribe to the FulGaz virtual riding platform. Here is a taste of a few rides you can enjoy.
VIRTUAL SAFARI CYCLE 1: KARIEGA HARVESTVALE
A virtual ride through the open plains leads to the only major climb on the route called Red Road with a gradient of 8.3%. Keep an eye out for the giraffe while you climb before you turn left down a steep descent known as Serpentine Road. Travel along the Bushman’s river before meandering back to Settlers Drift which offers Kariega guests a unique tented safari experience combined with 5-star luxury. 20.38km. 345m elevation gain.
PROTECTION – Anti-Poaching and Canine Unit. The Kariega Game Reserve Anti-Poaching and Canine Unit are a professional, well trained and resourced unit that work 24/7 to ensure the wild animals within the protected area are safe from poachers and other threats. Their daily duties include daily walking patrols and fence line checks, night patrols and 24-hour camera surveillance.
VIRTUAL SAFARI CYCLE 2: KARIEGA SUNSET LOOP
Start the virtual ride with a loop before descending onto the large open African plains. On your journey, keep an eye out for plenty of wildlife including various antelope, giraffes and a single white rhino. You will travel past the Main Lodge before finishing where you started. Main Lodge offers 24 log chalets, some with their own private pools. 21.54km. 419m elevation gain.
PROTECTION – Community Food Support to eliminate hunger as a motivation to poach. Hunger and poverty are two primary motivators for poaching. The Kariega Foundation Community Food Support programme provides basic food supplies to five community kitchens and three Age in Action Centres with 600 direct beneficiaries. Each beneficiary shares food with their families making the total reach of the initiative over 1,500 children and elderly. It is the intention of all stakeholders to find sustainable solutions through community gardening initiatives.
VIRTUAL SAFARI CYCLE 3: KARIEGA PLAINS LOOP
Starting on the Blesbok Plains keep an eye out for three sleeping rhinos on your right not long after you start. This ride has the most amount of climbing in our safari series. The steepest climb is known as Lancedale, which you will tackle towards the end of the ride before looping back around to Blesbok Plains to finish. 31.66km. 529 elevation gain.
PRESERVATION – Rhino translocations, habitat expansion and genetic preservation. Habitat expansion and restoration is essential to the survival of many wild and endangered species and the current focus for many conservationists. Kariega Game Reserve has recently received the donation of a critical piece of habitat carrying significant conservation benefits for elephant and rhino in particular. Funds are required to facilitate the translocation of a crash of rhino to the new habitat.
VIRTUAL SAFARI CYCLE 4: RIVER ROUTE
A relatively flat ride which begins in the open plains before moving into a forest. You will follow some animal tracks back to the Bushman’s river before circling back around to River Lodge. The thatched River Lodge connects the Big 5 game reserve with the Indian Ocean and offers ten luxury suites. 14.6km. 251m elevation gain.
EDUCATION – Community Wildlife and Ecology Camps (10 pax / 4 nights). Environmental education is a critical element of sustainable conservation efforts. While protection is essential in the short to medium term, environmental education and reconnecting people to nature is essential to the long term survival of many species and our planet. The Kariega Foundation is committed to changing the hearts and minds of the youth in our neighbouring communities and encouraging them to join our conservation efforts, through immersive and inspiring wildlife and ecology camps.
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Everything in nature exists in perfect harmony and balance.
Kariega Game Reserve and the Kariega Foundation aspire to emulate a similar and mutually beneficial balance and harmony between commercial success and stability; community collaboration and activation; and sustainable wildlife management and conservation.
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